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Self-Watering Planter (Small)

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3D model description

Introducing the first design from Parallel Goods.

This Self-Watering Planter is exactly the growing environment your plants need, while giving you flexibility in your watering routine. It’s super easy to use: just plant your favorite herb or other water-intensive plant, add water, and you’re all set.

The Self-Watering Planter was designed to be 3D printed, easy to setup, use, and clean; while at the same time allow for customization through mixing and matching different colors for the pot and reservoir. Be sure to check out the Instructions tab to make sure you get the most out this Self-Watering Planter.

This Self-Watering Planter is part of our Desk Collection, available now along with other great designs at

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3D printing settings

Printing Instructions
This Self-Watering Planter was design to be printed in PLA, and we went through many iterations and lots of experimentation to develop settings which would allow for a water tight print. All of our testing and development was done in PLA to ensure success across a wide variety of printers, without causing too much of an impact to the environment.

Water Tight PLA Slic3r Settings
• Layer Height: .3mm
• Vertical Shells (Perimeters): 3
• Horizontal Shells (Solid Layers): Top – 4, Bottom – 4
• Infill: 10%
• Speed: Top Solid Infill – 15mm/s, Solid infill – 15mm/s
• Prints WITHOUT supports

The extra top & bottom shells combined with the slow solid infill print speeds ensure a thick and even wall for the bottom of the reservoir which provides water tight print. Your mileage may vary, but these settings should give you a fine starting point for use on your own printer.

If you're unable to get a water tight print, we recommend coating the bottom of the reservoir in Titebond-3 Wood Glue. This particular wood glue is waterproof, but still non-toxic, solvent free, and is FDA approved for indirect food contact (i.e. cutting boards).

Use Instructions
• Set the pot in the reservoir, add your plant of choice, and fill the reservoir to the line inside of the spout.
• Refill whenever you can’t see any water in the spout. Every few cycles it’s helpful to let the soil dry out to prevent mold from growing inside the pot.

  • 3D file format: STL
  • Last update: 2021/01/12 at 23:29
  • Publication date: 2015/07/06 at 17:44





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Weight in grams is approximately 170g

Hello how much does this wiegh in gramms?

I went to your site to see if I could buy this, but sadly it's not available. The price is simply set to $0. Did you stop selling these?

how long does this take to print? and how much filament was used?

The three lines are just our logo, they shouldn't be leaking. If they are you can either try reprinting , we suggested coating the interior of the reservoir in Titebond-3 Wood Glue (link in the description).

The fill line is at the bottom of the spout on the reservoir. If you open the PDF instructions included there is a cutaway photo which details where the fill line is on the reservoir, but basically you should fill the reservoir to the bottom of the spout.

The three lines at the bottom are supposed to be thin enough to show the water level but not so thin water leaks out of them. So I would maybe try reprinting because when I printed it didn’t happen to mine.

Hey, I have a question, I'm not a native speaker and I think, I got things confused.
There are these 3 small.. ..thingies, where the wall is not as strong as elsewhere in the reservoir and water keeps dripping out of there. Is this supposed to happen, like an information so you know when you DEFINITLY have to much water inside?
Or is this not supposed to happen?
Also, in the instructions you said there would be a line, where you should fill up the water to.
What line did you meant exactly?

Thanks for the help!
Great model!

Cool. I might think about printing me one soon.

This is so cool. I printed mine in black and red. Thank you.

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